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Are graphene-based transistors sensitive to lightning strikes?

Sun, 20th Apr 2008

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Question

Mark, Bletchley asked:

Would a lightning strike affect the small components [Graphene Transistors] that you were talking about earlier?

 

Answer

[Mark is referring to graphene transistors - transistors only one atom thick!]

Richard: Yes, Iím fairly sure it would because with all these components youíve got electrons running through them. That gives you electricity, thatís the negative charge there. I think the lightning strike would disrupt them just as it would disrupt other electric components.

Chris: It might turn it into a sort of miniature barbecue because carbon burns beautifully in air so if you get enough current through it, it will get hot and presumably ignite?

Richard: Perhaps so.

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